Welcome to Tasmania’s southern region, the Huon Trail touring route.
Despite its proximity to Hobart, a 30 minute drive away, the area retains the beauty, charm and heritage of a bygone era.
The natural beauty of the area is evident with pristine rivers meandering through valleys bordered by World Heritage listed National Parks. Bush walkers are able to enjoy many walks ranging from a tree top walk at Tahune Airwalk or a five hour trek to South Cape, Australia's southern most point.
The dolomite caves at Lune River and Hastings are spectacular and the Thermal Springs at Hastings are naturally heated to 28c. The numerous waterways provide the setting for kayaking, sailing or cruising, and for the more adventurous white water rafting or jet boat rides.
The area is renowned for its produce, mushrooms, wine, seafood, fruit and gourmet delicacies. The 'Taste of the Huon', held each March, is a weekend celebration of the best that the Valley has to offer. Road side stalls sell many of the in season fruits such as apples, pears and berries, for a fraction of the cost of supermarkets.
To sample a few of the best apples in Australia, head to the Huon Valley Apple and Heritage Museum, which has over five hundred varieties of apples in season.
Lovers of art and craft are well catered for as well, with local artists creating everything from pottery to wood carvings and everything in between. Craft shops and galleries are dotted throughout the region, many with working displays in addition to sales. The Wooden Boat School at Franklin demonstrates how Tasmania's fine timbers are turned into boats. The school is open to the public Monday-Friday. Timber lovers can also visit the Forest and Heritage Centre at Geeveston to discover the history of the forest industry in the region.
The Cygnet Folk Festival held in January, celebrates the music and entertainment from local, interstate and international artists.
A full range of accommodation is available for visitors including guest houses, Bed & Breakfast, Pubs, back packer style, hotel and cottages. Each of the major centres of Huonville, Cygnet, Geeveston and Dover have supermarket, fuel and EFTPOS facilities. The Huon News and Cygnet Classifieds, published each Wednesday, and Huon FM keep residents and visitors up to date with what is happening in the area.
The Huon Valley has embraced its heritage while forging ahead with newer industries. Agriculture, viticulture, forestry, tourism and aquaculture thrive side by side, providing jobs for the 15,140* residents and the seasonal influx of fruit pickers.
The Huon Valley Council owns and manages the Huon Valley Visitor Centre located at 2273 Huon Highway, Huonville. The Centre can assist you with information and bookings, and offers a comprehensive range of giftware and souvenirs as well as a providore showcasing some of the fine local produce available from the region. The centre is open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm (Oct – Mar) and 10am to 4pm (Apr – Sept). The centre is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
You can contact the centre on (03) 6264 0326 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the region, please visit the Huon Trail website This site can assist you with information about experiences, accommodation, wineries and dining, maps and brochures for the region, sample itineraries and travel information.
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It’s all here waiting to captivate you – join us for an inspirational journey into Tasmania’s south…on the Huon Trail touring route.
* Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011